Making Change in How We Live, Where We Live, in Light of Climate Change (FOR TWELVE YEARS!)

Friday, 27 July 2012

Sustainable Making and the Arts - on the map!

Following the success of the Trashcatchers' Carnival in 2010, and a strong arts and making presence at the yearly Foodival and in this year's Treasuring Tooting wellbeing walk, Tooting is gearing up to discover and acknowledge just how important arts and making is to Tooting's transition steps.

Smart stands for Sustainable Making and Arts Tooting.
We're a branch group of Transition Town Tooting, and had our first meeting last week.
Mapping making and the arts in Tooting
We shared some of our work, and then mapped out what we have happening in the arts in Tooting (which as you can see in the picture is rather a lot), and finished by imagining what we could do in the future and how we might achieve it.
We will need to get making for this year's Foodival which is on the 22nd & 23rd September.
Smart are meeting again on the 16th August (venue to be announced), and if you think you would be interested to join us for the Foodival or beyond please drop an email to me:
- Jeni

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Eight days, six meetings

If good meetings take practice, then in the past week we've been rehearsing for a team yellow jersey with six meetings in eight days -sometimes an uphill climb, sometimes a sprint!

There was the last workshop of our sixth series of Carbon Conversations; our monthly TTT co-ordination get together; inaugurating the new 'SMART' artists' group; streamlining our web presence and communications; Community Garden planning; prep for the fifth annual Foodival (22 & 23 Sept).
Our last TTT email out said 'come and help us plan'...we will share more on the content later (& do come along next time to find out more).
For now, I'm simply sharing some images of people engaging, listening, challenging, laughing, connecting.
Sitting around tables may not sound like a priority when you think of the challenges we're all facing - but while planning isn't a goal in its own right, it's so important to do it as well as we can, and enjoy it together!   - Charles

Monday, 16 July 2012

TTT Community Garden Activity 15th July!

The weather gods were kind and Sunday blessed us with a break in the endless grey skies and rain. Warm, sunny (at least some of the time) and gorgeous blue skies reminded us all what a summer day should be!

Ten of us met at the Community Garden to make the best of the sunshine. It was my first visit to the site and I'm very enthusiastic about the size, scope for doing lots of interesting things and what the group has already achieved in a little over a year. Lots of bodies and hands available so we got plenty done:

  • Michael and his friend got busy doing the heavy work to dig a hole to install the pond - if the weather continues it should fill naturally with all the rain!
  • Charlotte and Jenny planted seedlings including sprouting broccoli, squash and tomatoes - now all we need is the slugs to hold off and the sun to shine
  • Adrian tackled the compost heap - bravely withstanding a flagstone and foot interaction!
  • I sowed a few rows of radish, leeks, beetroot, carrots and dwarf beans in the hope we might get a quick catch crop before winter sets in
  • We got creative and cut some spare plastic tubing down to enable to us drape netting over the freshly sown seeds while the local pigeons watched with interest
  • We discussed sitting down and planning a herb garden in the quiet months over winter and whether we should have a go at growing over winter crops under some form of protection (Rocket, pak choi and komatsuna at christmas? Yes, please)!
Added excitement was provided by the small kitten who had scaled a nearby tree and refused to be tempted down by either the RSPCA or Fire brigade though I'm fairly sure he's scampered down now and is settled back in a warm and cosy flat.

Then there was a picnic to celebrate the hard work. It was delightful!  Astonishing how a little sunshine and working with people who have similar interests can suddenly make you feel so much better about life, the universe and everything. I came home full of energy and tackled some slightly neglected bits of my own small garden.

Friday, 13 July 2012

Tooting Community Garden...persistence in action!

Sharing some pictures from the Community Garden - & we're having a Garden working picnic on Sunday 15th July
The gardeners (and plants) are persisting through the mixed weather  -

Loads of broad beans
in June

Fertile conditions for all

Great Willowherb
Anti-slug mini greenhouses

Water capture - and it supports the shed
Beetle's-eye view today of the potatoes
planted two months ago during the
Treasuring Tooting wellbeing walk
Have a look again at the video which includes planting them:!

We're having a Garden working picnic this weekend on Sunday 15th July, from 11:00 to 2:00 - all welcome. The garden is at the rear of the large house at 5 North Drive, on the south side of Tooting Common.
There's plenty of growing time left - and the 5th Tooting Foodival to look forward to on September 23rd. Do come and join us in the garden; for more info email Adrian at